Q & A With My Coach Josh Maio

I'll never forget how confusing and frustrating it was to be a new runner. I thought running was simple! You just put one foot in front of the other and go as far as you can, right? NOPE. The more I ran, the more I started reading and soon, I was drowning in information. I had bitten off way more than I could chew and instead of feeling content with my new vocabulary, I was overwhelmed. Hill repeats? Yasso 800s? Fartlek and energy gels? What did it all mean and did it apply to me? The amount of information that was coming at me was overwhelming. Honestly, I still get confused when faced with conflicting information. 

One of the reasons I was excited to bring on a Coach to help me shave 28 minutes off of my marathon time to help me BQ during the Chicago Marathon this year (New runners, I bet you're thinking "WHAT THE HELL IS BQ? Fear not, BQ means Boston Qualifying--the time you have to run to gain entry into the Boston Marathon) was so that I could have a go to professional who could answer all of my running questions in real time. Google is great but it gives me conflicting information from sources I don't always trust. My coach Josh is an invaluable resource and he has agreed to sit down throughout the BQ or Bust series and answer your running questions as well!

From fueling to pushing through discomfort and getting faster, check out the first installment of Q & A with my coach Josh Maio!

Part 1

  • Who can benefit from a running coach?
  • Mid run fueling.
  • Alternatives to energy gels.
  • Running to lose weight.

Part 2

  • How to run faster.

Part 3

  • Running in heat & humidity.
  • Strength training.

Part 4

  • Pre-race anxiety.
  • Recovering from a bad race.
  • Cross training.

Part 5

  • Running back to back marathons.
  • Foot strike 101.
  • Running & breathing.

It's the first of many Q & A's with my coach Josh and my Physical Therapist Mike, so leave a question in the comments below for a chance to have it answered in our next Q & A!

Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.


Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.